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David De Keyser


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David de Keyser is credited as commentator for a great many stories in Pathe Colour Pictorial between 1956 and 1962. His first credit is for ‘LACOCK ABBEY’ in Colour Pictorial No.92 of October 1956. He went on to commentate for such stories as ‘THE CANADIAN INDIAN OF TODAY’ in Colour Pictorial No.196 of September 1958, and ‘GIRL FOOTBALLERS’ in Colour Pictorial No.334 of May 1961. His last credit is ‘MOTORISED ROLLER SKATES’ in Colour Pictorial No.413 of November 1962.

It is possible that he could be the same David de Keyser who continues to have a successful television and film career to this day, starring such films as ‘Diamonds are Forever’ (1971) and television works such as ‘The House of Elliot’ (1991) and ‘Island at War’ (2004).

David de Keyser was also a commentator, from 1960, for the Commonwealth and United States versions of the ‘news magazine’ British Calendar, later Calendar [1960-1969]. This series was made by British Movietonews Ltd on behalf of the Central Office of Information [COI].

He also was a commentator for the technicolor series Roundabout (1962-1974) which was made by Associated British Pathe and sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including the first issue released in May 1962.


NoS Number 120273; Colour Pictorial Number 92; Date released 1/10/1956: NoS Number 120620; Colour Pictorial Number 196; Date released 29/9/1958: NoS Number 121064; Colour Pictorial Number 334; Date released 22/5/1961: NoS Number 121306; Colour Pictorial Number 413; Date released 26/11/1962: NoS Number 327511; Roundabout Number 1; Date released May 1962: The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) INF 6/130, 132.

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